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Judge sanctions Washington state prosecutor for misconduct

A Washington state judge has sanctioned a prosecutor for misconduct in a robbery and shooting case that resulted in the suspect being released


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 4, 2019

Yellow cedar rejected for threatened species listing

The Interior Department has rejected an iconic Alaska tree for listing as a threatened species due to climate warming


The tick-friendly Northwest

As the Palouse shrugs off the last gasps of winter weather, pedestrians and pet owners may have noticed an explosion of activity among that pernicious perennial parasite – the tick.


Many still without power in the Northwest

Tens of thousands of people remained without power after windstorms struck parts of Washington state and Oregon over the weekend.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 20, 2018

Damaging winds topple trees, 300,000 lose power in Northwest

More than 300,000 households and businesses lost power Thursday as strong winds took down trees and power lines, blew over shipping containers and tore off part of a clock tower’s …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018

Heavy rain causes flooding, leaves drivers stranded in water

A strong thunderstorm dumped copious amounts of rain in the South Sound, leading to some urban flooding in Tacoma, Washington.


Comparing Oregon’s and Washington’s oversight on recycling

Spokane’s once-meticulous tracking of recycled materials has gone away under the single-stream system, and the company that sorts it all in a facility on the West Plains declines to make …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 18, 2018

Coeur d’Alene eliminated from championship contention after 3-0 loss to Georgia at Little League World Series

Tai Pette and Connor Riggs-Soper combined for a three-hitter as Peachtree City, Georgia, shutout Coeur d’Alene 3-0 in a consolation bracket game at the Little League World Series on Saturday.


Paul Turner: Newbies were never promised clear skies

The Northwest didn’t give you any money-back guarantees before you moved here.


Winds of change: What will power the Northwest’s future?

Carl Borgquist wants to spend more than $1 billion to transform a remote butte fringed by pine trees into a giant water battery. Borgquist is betting this technology — called …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 5, 2018

Not as bad as some, most regional stocks outperform market

Stocks of regional interest fared better than most Monday during a tumultuous day for financial markets – although virtually all saw declines as the sell-off that began with Friday’s opening …


Following national shift, Northwest Cub Scouts open doors to girls

Girls across the Inland Northwest now can join the Cub Scouts, a unit of Boy Scouts of America, following a significant policy shift for the 108-year-old organization.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 28, 2017

Hutterite colony farmers expanding into construction

Last spring, members of the Golden Valley Hutterite Colony plowed under their lentil field and on the land began construction of a manufacturing plant. The structure, now nearly complete, is …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 23, 2017

Monarch butterflies might vanish from Northwest summers

Children in the Northwest might not see the fluttering orange and black wings of a Monarch butterfly on a summer day a few decades from now.


Take smoky skies seriously, stay indoors

Wet springs and hot, dry summers provide the perfect setting for wildfires, and the Northwest is ablaze with significant fires in Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Canada and Northern California.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 2, 2017

Program supports those who practice, teach cultural crafts

The Center for Washington Cultural Traditions is working to ensure that cultural skills don’t disappear.


Fire risk is high throughout West, northern plains

The threat of major U.S. wildfires will remain high throughout August in Southern California, northern Nevada and parts of the Northwest and northern Great Plains, forecasters said Tuesday.


No drought warnings in Northwest for first time since 2011

For the first time since 2011, the Pacific Northwest isn’t showing any signs of drought.


Flooding closes Oregon’s coastal highway; other areas hit

Flooding closed Oregon’s coastal highway on Thursday, while landslides hit some areas in Portland amid unrelenting rain.


Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II: Exercise underscores importance of Northwest bases

More than 1,000 people will travel to the state to train. This will require a great deal of community support and partnership.


Study documents yellow cedar’s decline due to climate change

A type of tree that thrives in soggy soil from Alaska to Northern California and is valued for its commercial and cultural uses could become a noticeable casualty of climate …


Oregon, Idaho residents brace for icy rain after snow

Residents in Idaho and Oregon braced for treacherous roads and the possibility of nuisance flooding Sunday as freezing rain coated parts of the region.


Forecasters predict a frigid week ahead in Inland Northwest

The Spokane area will experience light snowfall Sunday before temperatures plunge to single digits Monday evening, the Spokane National Weather Service reports.


A complicated past lies behind Portland’s violent Trump protests

In recent days, as protests erupted in several U.S. cities following Donald Trump’s election victory, Portland’s mostly peaceful demonstrations were tainted by uncharacteristic violence.


Snake River salmon, steelhead recovery plan released

Federal officials say changes in how dams on the Snake and Columbia rivers are operated are needed to improve migratory conditions for protected runs of Snake River chinook salmon and …


After two bad wildfire years, this season ‘normal’ in Northwest

After two consecutive years in which wildfires set acreage records in Washington, this fire season has been light. In fact, wildfires have been smaller and less destructive in Washington, Oregon …


Kamiak Butte camping closed

One of Whitman County’s most popular campgrounds – Kamiak Butte – has been closed due to fire danger. The county park’s five miles of forested hiking trails are open for …


UPDATED: Wed., May 4, 2016

Restoration of Northwest salmon runs needs a better plan, judge says

A federal judge in Oregon says a massive habitat restoration effort doesn’t do enough to improve Northwest salmon runs.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 5, 2016

New rule addresses bathroom access for transgender people

OLYMPIA – A new rule in Washington state requires buildings open to the public to allow transgender people to use restrooms and locker rooms of the gender they identify with.


Hot nights in Northwest becoming more common, study finds

SEATTLE – Most Northwest heat waves are bearable, thanks to the cool breezes that blow in at night. But according to a new analysis from the University of Washington, hot …